US: Graduate Hotels has opened its latest property on Roosevelt Island, serving as the island’s first hotel and the brand’s 29th opening.
The 224-key, 18-storey hotel is positioned at the entrance of the Cornell Tech campus. It has been designed by Snøhetta and New York City-based architecture firm Stonehill Taylor.
Graduate Roosevelt Island’s sustainability initiatives include the LEED-certified architecture, use of recyclable materials, efficient heating, cooling and LED lighting systems, reduced water consumption, waste reclamation programs, indoor air quality monitoring, and more.
A custom 12-foot sculpture, created by Hebru Brantley that reinterprets his Flyboy character, can be found in the hotel’s entrance.
The lobby, lined with 5000 linear feet of textbooks, is also home to the full-service, all-day restaurant. Anything At All. Additional dining venues include an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge, The Panorama Room, seating 168.
On-site flexible meeting space will be operated by Abrous and Rose. The team has appointed executive chef Ja’Toria Harper, pastry chef Lindsey Verardo, and beverage director Estelle Bossy to oversee all F&B programs.
“It’s an inexplicable feeling to return to our hometown and have a hand in creating a bold, new destination within this great city,” said Med Abrous and Marc Rose. “Alongside our longtime partners and collaborators at Graduate Hotels and the Roosevelt Island community, we can’t wait to offer a sense of discovery as both locals and visitors experience our restaurant, bar, and spaces in between for world-class cocktails, inventive yet comforting dishes and enveloping hospitality.”
The food and beverage operators are also committed to environmentally conscious management, including composting food scraps, recycling programs, no single-use plastic products, minimising food waste and purchasing sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients and products.
Graduate Hotels launched in 2014 and currently has 29 properties in the. US and an additional seven hotels set to open by the end of 2022. The brand is expanding into the UK this summer 2021.